As the name suggests, community business is made by the community, for the community. So by definition, everyone can get involved. But how?

Become a volunteer

Whether you want to volunteer a few hours of your time as a one off, or regularly work for the organisation, everyone can contribute to the success of a community business. Find your local community business or find out more about volunteering on the NCVO website.

You can get involved by being a trustee

Become a trustee

A good board of trustees usually has people with different skill sets. So, whether you have professional skills, or valuable life experience, you can become a trustee and make a difference locally. Find your local community business or find out more about being a trustee on the GOV.uk website.

Become a shareholder

You can have a say in the direction of the community business, by purchasing a community share and becoming a member. Each person gets one vote, no matter how big or small their stake. Find your local community business.

Be a community business customer Credit: Mark Loudon

Become a customer

The easiest way to support your local community business is to use its services, buy its products and attend its events. After all, they’re all designed with you in mind and you’ll be helping to boost your local economy. Win win. Find your local community business.